True knowledge softens, not hardens

TehTarik Journal

Muslims have a religious duty to seek knowledge. The Prophet (PBUH) said, “Seeking knowledge is an obligation on every Muslim.” (Al-Tirmidhi) The first In Islam, you get rewarded just for seeking knowledge with the intention of benefiting yourself and others.

When you pursue knowledge, your whole life changes. The way you see the world shifts. True knowledge makes you humble. It makes you kind. It gives you peace, deep in your soul. It feeds your empathy, not your ego. Of course, that doesn’t mean that you keep quiet when you feel like something is not right, but you gain the maturity and grace to address it with mercy and love. It does not mean being rude and uncivil; it means having the humility to ask questions to clarify what is said or to ask for more information.

Nowadays, we can find tons of information at the click of a mouse. You can learn something new almost immediately! However, we have to be discerning. Basic literacy is not scholarship. There is no virtue in knowledge which is not reflected in action or words which are not reinforced by deeds. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “If Allah wants to do good to a person, He gives him an understanding of the religion.” If seeking knowledge has made you regularly provoke people, belittle and tear them down, and be harsh, judgemental and arrogant, put a hand and your heart and ask yourself – do you truly know that much?


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